‘Frankenstorm’ is coming

October 26, 2012

Sandy wreaked havoc as it made its way through the Caribbean. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Capital Weather Gang reported late Thursday that the latest forecasts gave slow-moving Hurricane Sandy an increasing chance of making landfall in the mid-Atlantic. For the D.C. region, Jason Samenow wrote, “It’s pretty much the worst case scenario with the potential for historic coastal flooding, copious amounts of rain, and damaging winds.” Meanwhile, my Washington Post colleagues Ashley Halsey and Mark Berman look at the preparations underway, including Pepco’s moves to lock down extra crews. “It has the makings of a rare breed of storm,” they write, “a confluence of things over a densely populated swath of America that may never have seen weather arrive with quite the same force or threaten to linger so long.” It could arrive as soon as Sunday morning. Expect to hear plenty more through the weekend, from The Washington Post and your local officials.

In other news:

Unaudited figures show rising D.C. public school enrollments (PostD.C. Schools Insider)

Chartered Health Plan’s financial woes total $4 million (PostWaTimes)

Vincent Orange explains his Jeffrey Thompson ties: “I start running and asked Jeff for help” (Post)

Orange says if he hired “shadow campaign” figures in 2011, it was Jacque Patterson’s fault (Loose Lips)

Vincent Gray doesn’t “have any reservations at all” about Natwar Gandhi (Examiner)

“[O]fficials’ continued confidence in the city’s top bean counter seems like the gift that keeps on punishing the city.” (Examiner editorial)

Local leaders say President Obama has been woeful on D.C. issues (AP)

At least one DDOT employee is abusing a disabled parking placard (WRC-TV)

DYRS ward says he was the one who shot agency official at a gas station (WaTimes)

Strippers say in lawsuit that The House ripped them off (City Paper)

Daylight killing in River Terrace; police seek Camry with Pennsylvania plates (Crime SceneWJLA-TV)

Gray says he’ll free up federal funds for charter school facility needs (Post)

FBI is probing Airports Authority (ExaminerPost)

Is Congress to blame for higher pay-by-phone parking fees? (GGWWe Love DC)

Longtime Anacostia High football coach’s name will go on stadium (Post)

Canal Park — including ice rink — will open Nov. 16 (JDLand)

Northeast (at least the southwestern part) is a desirable place to live for young families (Examiner)

Jonetta Rose Barras: Council lawyers shouldn’t clean up members’ personal messes (Examiner)

District prosecutors can’t re-press charges dropped by feds, D.C. Court of Appeals rules (Legal Times)

Extended library hours are well and good, but what about the money? (Examiner)

Real estate mythbusting: Changing administrations don’t generate that much churn (Housing Complex)

French firm locked in contract battle with D.C. will temporarily handle streetlight repairs (WBJ)

OCF audit raps Democrats (Examiner)

Developers salivate over West Heating Plant (DishUrbanTurf)

Petworth library will host mock voting for kids on Nov. 6 (DCist)

Animal rights group sues to stop routine Rock Creek Park deer cull (WTOP)

Spurt of violence Tuesday and Wednesday (Crime Scene)

Federal judge Thomas Hogan earns distinguished honor (Crime Scene)

Readers complain about speeding cameras (Post letters)

New Nike store is a shrine to the Hoyas (Sports Bog)

Vote for Friendship Collegiate Academy to win $25,000 (Sports Illustrated)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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